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Alabama coach Nick Saban is coaching in the national championship Monday night. LSU coach Ed Orgeron isn't. Who are LSU fans rooting for?

Who are LSU fans rooting for in all-SEC national championship Monday?

Nick Suss

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It’s college football’s biggest day

As I’m sure a Georgia or Alabama fan in your life has already reminded you 128 times, the national championship game is Monday night, pitting the SEC champion Georgia Bulldogs against a one-loss Alabama team that played its way into the title despite missing the SEC Championship Game.

If that sounds familiar LSU fans, it’s because — you know what? We won’t get into that. I think you know where I’m going. We can stop there.

I’m not going to make any assumptions about people. That’s never really wise. But if I had to bet, I’d guess that most LSU fans are rooting for the Bulldogs to unearth the Tide. Just a hunch. Sure, either way the SEC wins. And a win for the SEC West might reflect better on LSU.

But c’mon. It’s Alabama. I doubt too many Tigers fans want to see Nick Saban take home another national title, especially in a year when the Tide didn’t even win the SEC West.

But hey, what do I know? It’s up to you to decide. Who are you rooting for in the national championship? Vote in the poll below. We’ll discuss your votes Tuesday after the game’s been played.

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Welp, here goes another one

As Alabama and Georgia prepare for a national championship, LSU embarks on another offensive coordinator search. The Tigers officially severed ties with Matt Canada on Friday night, agreeing on mutual separation terms to the tune of a $1.7 million settlement.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Rumors of a rift between Canada and LSU coach Ed Orgeron had been circulating for months and only intensified as LSU prepared for its bowl practices. But now LSU is confronted with the harsh reality of the future.

Gone are the shifts and motions that made it tough to prepare for Canada’s offense. Remaining is a void of identity, one that needs to be filled before the Tigers press toward National Signing Day, not to mention deciding on a starting quarterback.

Plenty of names will come up in connection to the position. Some will be unlikely. Some will be downright foolish. But the job will be filled. Until then, we’ll keep you posted.

Checking in with the ‘croots

This past weekend was another busy one for LSU recruiting. As always, SEC Country’s LSU recruiting guru Sam Spiegelman had you covered with live updates from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In case you missed anything, here are some links from his coverage:

Is LSU basketball for real?

Will Wade’s LSU men’s basketball team pulled out a signature win Saturday afternoon in College Station, upsetting No. 11 Texas A&M 69-68 on a buzzer-beating 30-foot 3-pointer out of the hands of freshman guard Tremont Waters.

With the win, LSU (10-4 overall, 1-1 SEC) improved to No. 68 in the KenPom standings and No. 73 in the RPI. Seemingly out of nowhere, this puts LSU as a fringe NCAA tournament team.

Of course, a lot can change in the next couple of weeks. The Tigers’ next three games are against Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia, three of the toughest teams in the conference. With a couple of wins against those opponents, LSU could find itself on the fringe of being ranked. With three losses, LSU could lose all the leeway it gained with the A&M win and its close loss versus Kentucky.

Still, it’s interesting that LSU is in the position it’s in this late in the season. Wins over Texas A&M, Michigan and Houston are nothing to dismiss. Those are the No. 25, No. 32 and No. 44 teams in America. The Tigers are in a good place right now. Let’s see if they can stay there.

In NFLSU news

A handful of former LSU stars advanced to the divisional rounds of the NFL playoffs this weekend with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints winning their respective playoff games. Here’s a recap of how LSU players fared in those games:

  • Linebacker Deion Jones dominated for the Falcons in their victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Jones finished with 10 tackles, including 1 for a loss, and a pass breakup to lead the Falcons to the 26-13 victory. Duke Riley added 2 tackles for the Falcons.
  • Running back Leonard Fournette rushed 21 times for 57 yards in the Jaguars’ 10-3 win against the Buffalo Bills. In the losing effort, cornerback Tre’Davious White made 1 tackle and 1 pass breakup, and defensive tackle Kyle Williams added a tackle and a QB hit.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, Jan. 7 was National Bobblehead Day. As a lifelong sports fan and onetime baseball writer, I have a nice collection of bobbleheads that I hold dearly. And I’m sure I’m not the only one, too.

Bobbleheads are cool little figurines you can use to show your allegiances and your personality. If you walk into my apartment, you’ll find football and baseball bobbleheads on my bookshelf, ranging from Babe Ruth to Steve McNair.

Here’s what I’m looking for Monday, though. If any of you have an obscure bobblehead of an athlete no one would expect, please send me a picture. I’m on Twitter at @nicksuss. Send me a pic and I’ll share it. Because, c’mon. Bobbleheads are fun.

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